Friday 12th to Saturday 13th November 2021

Each day: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm (GMT) or 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (PST)

Day one – Friday 12th November

4:00 pm (GMT)       Keynote speaker: Andy Worthington “Guantánamo: 20 Years of Lawlessness and Tyranny.” Presentation video:

4:30 pm (GMT)       Keynote speaker:  Shaker Aamer. Presentation video:

5:00pm (GMT)        Academic presentations

  1. “The Long Road to Closing Guantánamo: Reflections on a Campaign” Jeremy Varon, Professor of History at The New School in New York City. Video of presentation:
  2. Political struggles in a ‘black hole’: Detainee resistance in Guantánamo Bay” Dr. Jamal Barnes, Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University. Video of presentation:
  3. “Guantánamo: 20 years on and still no end to the erosion of the rule of law in the United States” Sara Birch, Lecturer in Law at University of Brighton. Video of presentation:
  4. “From ‘yellow journalism’ to orange jumpsuits:  the long, disastrous history of Guantánamo Bay” Professor William V. Hudon, Professor of History at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Video of presentation:
  5. “Death by a thousand cuts – Torture and Lawfare to Evade Accountability” Dr. Deepa Govindarajan Driver, Lecturer in Governance Regulation and Risk at University of Reading. Video of presentation:

8:00 pm (GMT)       Panel Discussion: Military Commissions and Torture. Discussion video:

At 9pm there will be a final extra hour of informal discussions in a number of breakout rooms.

Day Two – Saturday 13th November

4:00 pm (GMT)       Panel Discussion: Guantánamo: The Future. Discussion video:

5:00 pm (GMT)       Guest speakers: Mansoor AdayfiAntonio Aiello 
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5:30 pm (GMT)       Academic presentations

  1. “Extraordinary Renditions and Human Rights: Observations on the French Case Professor Marie-Luce Paris, Associate Professor in Law at the UCD Sutherland School of Law. Video of presentation:
  2. “Guantánamo and the Narration of the Muslim Threat” Dr. Maha Hilal, Researcher and writer on institutionalized Islamophobia and co-director of the Justice for Muslims Collective. Video of presentation:
  3. “Towards Overcoming the ‘Human Rights and Terrorism’ Quagmire of the Overdue Existence of Guantánamo Bay Detention Centre: Considering Es’kia Mphahlele’s ‘African Humanism’ Philosophy as part of Pursuit of Prospective Solutions” Dr. Tshepo Mvulane Moloi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study (JIAS) and Research Assistant at the African Centre for Epistemology & Philosophy of Science (ACEPS). Video of presentation:
  4. “The Cover-up of Human Rights Abuses and Crimes at Guantánamo: The Case of Computer Database Tampering by Authorities” Jeffrey S. Kaye, retired clinical psychologist, and the author of Cover-Up at Guantánamo: The NCIS Investigation Into the Suicides of Mohammed Al Hanashi and Abdul Rahman Al Amri. Video of presentation:
  5. “Why torture is the worst thing we do” Professor Bob Brecher, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Brighton. Video of presentation:

8:00 pm (GMT)       Panel Discussion: Activism and Accountability. Discussion video:

At 9pm there will be a final extra hour of informal discussions in a number of breakout rooms.